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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News of the World


A woman complained that an article had inaccurately claimed that her son had been suspended from his school following an attack on a fellow pupil and a teacher. She said that, although her son was not named, it would have been clear to those in the area that he was the subject of the article. The complainant accepted that her son had hit another pupil but emphasised this was to protect his sister from being bullied. The head teacher of the school provided written confirmation that the complainants son was not involved in any attack on a teacher.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

In an item about Touch Primary School, Dumfermline, published on July 2,2006, we reported that a pupil had attacked a fellow pupil and a teacher. We are happy to clarify that there was no assault on a teacher. The childs parents have asked us to point out that their son is not a thug and he only hit the other pupil because his sister was being bullied.

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